When to meet a Sports Medicine Doctor

Sports Medicine Doctor Dubai

Dubai has developed one of the world’s largest sporting communities, with varied opportunities for a whole range of sports and fitness activities, often with challenges and competitions as an end goal to help encourage commitment. For most of us staying active is a way of life, where we challenge ourselves and push our physical boundaries making up for the usually sedentary week at work. There may be instances where we load our body that bit beyond its limits and in some cases to break point before our bodies have had time to adapt. For example, running or cycling farther or faster during a new weekend group session versus the usual distances & pace we are accustomed to, or doing a new HITT workout at the gym or lifting heavier ‘than usual’ during your resistance training sessions. This is in contrast to crouching over our phones and PC’s during busy workdays, giving less attention to correct ergonomic postures. The sudden additional load placed on our bodies can result in pain, injuries and suffering.

Sports Medicine Doctor is a medical practitioner that has completed specialist training in all aspects of Sports and Exercise Medicine and are trained to manage the whole range of medical and physical aspects related to physical activity and sports participation. Although they often see athletes up to an elite level, Sports Medicine Doctors also diagnose and treat any pain or injury that affects movement and the ability to carry out daily tasks.

Types of injuries treated

Acute injuries are a sudden event linked to trauma or an unusual movement causing sprains, strains, contusions resulting in pain, swelling, bruising and limitation of use.

Chronic injuries are usually caused by overuse, abnormal use or the use of poor equipment/shoes and include injuries such as tendonitis, shin splints, bursitis or stress fractures that present with progressive pain linked with a specific activity or movement. It can reach break point if not managed appropriately.


In both cases, we recommend your initial consultation be with a UPANDRUNNING Sports Medicine Doctor, who will ensure you are given a definitive diagnosis and can arrange any investigations should they be indicated. They will then recommend a treatment pathway aiming to get you back as efficiently and effectively as possible, often referring to our extensive team of highly professional and skilled practitioners. There may be cases where you are referred to an Orthopaedic Specialist for conservative second opinions or surgical options.

The worst scenario for someone who has committed time and effort to improve their sporting ability is to be told to simply rest or stop the sport they are passionate about. At UPANDRUNNING we recognize how important it is to remain as active even during the recovery period, in order to maintain general fitness & health. We also use this time wisely to address any imbalances or potential triggers for the injury

Our integrated team of Sports Doctors, Orthopaedic SpecialistsPhysiotherapistsOsteopaths, and Rehabilitation Specialists will not just optimise your recovery, but improve your performance and get you back to doing the things you love! Whether that be returning to sport or work, or even just being able to get a good night’s sleep, UPANDRUNNING is a one-stop shop for elite athletes, through to individuals that are seeking to maintain a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.

Meet the team of Sports Medicine Specialists at UPANDRUNNING 

When visiting our UPANDRUNNING you can be certain that you are being treated by world-class team of clinicians.

Dr Anna Zickerman

Led by Sports Medicine Specialist Dr Anna Zickerman with nearly 20 years experience in the field, treating a wide range of elite and professional athletes of different sporting categories as well as the general population and has been a PGA European Tour accredited clinician for the last 8 years. Dr Anna founded UPANDRUNNING, setting the highest standards in healthcare by hand-picking the most experienced, skilled and accredited specialists from around the world, whose qualifications and sporting interests bring diversity to, and enhance the team. Click HERE to book an appointment with Dr Anna or call 04 518 5400 

Dr Stephan Sun web

Dr Stephan Jacolino

Dr Stephan Jacolino has treated professional level football players and is a member of the medical team supporting a pro-cycling team at theTour ‘de France;   Click HERE to book an appointment with Dr Stephan

Dr Stephan Praet

Dr Stephan Praet

Dr Stephan Praet Visiting Sports Medicine Consultant is as a consultant physician in Sport & Exercise Medicine who previously worked at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). At the AIS he was responsible for the clinical management of high-performance athlete’s injuries and illnesses; Click HERE to book an appointment with Dr Stephan Praet

Dr Tom Saw Dubai

Dr Tom Saw

Dr Tom Saw has a special interest in interventional pain management and works with elite athletes in UAE and the UK. He specialises in treating neck and lower back pain related conditions  Click HERE to book an appointment with Dr Tom

Dr. Gustavo Reque Rydberg

Dr. Gustavo Reque Rydberg & Marie Fleming

 Dr Gustavo  Rydberg specialises in treating Musculoskeletal pain, back pain, including uncommon pathology such as peripheral nerve entrapments. He was the Medical Director of the Andalusian and Spanish Karate federations for over 10 years. Click HERE to book an appointment with Dr Gus

To book a consultation, please complete the contact form, selecting the appropriate subject in the drop down box. If you would like to speak to one of our team, please call 04 518 5400.